Good Morning, MHR Friends! Remember, it was just preseason. A win is just as unimportant as the three losses that preceded it. Most importantly, it didn't seem there were any new injuries. Another impressive night from Tom Brandstater, huh? Sure, he was only 16 of 30, but you've got to like his poise in the pocket and his arm strength. At least I do. Plus, four takeaways for the defense. Probably not important, but still nice to get off the schneid so we don't have to hear any more about that. Same for the result - the win doesn't matter to anyone but us. Of course, that brings us to final cuts either today or tomorrow (I believe the deadline is tomorrow at 2pm Eastern?). Meanwhile, this will be my last Horse Tracks until next Thursday, as my wife and I are taking a much-needed getaway. Who goes to Florida in September? Apparently, this dope. I hope you all have a great Labor Day Weekend; be safe and enjoy it!
CSG - Broncos coach McDaniels takes relationship with QBs to new level - Frank Schwab
The Schwab takes a deeper look into how Josh McDaniels is coaching up the QBs
Y! - '09 owner rankings, 1-16; Kraft-y payoff - Mike Silver
According to Silver, Pat Bowlen was unaware he had to give the NFL a full deposit of $21 million to cover the balance of Shanny's contract. Whoops. I wonder if that's a rule that resulted in part from Shanny's dispute with The Crypt Keeper...This would explain some of the cash flow issues we've heard about...
DP - Broncos still have more questions than answers - Jeff Legwold
Oddly, Legwold makes it sound like Tom Brandstater's roster spot was in doubt before last night.
NFL - NFLTA: What to do with Marshall
Rich Eisen talks to Jason La Canfora, who says Brian Xanders is not bringing up BMarsh in any conversations with other GMs. Plus, he hears the front office thinks they can win the division this year. And then he talks to Rod Woodson and Jamie Dukes. Not fun.
DB - The Best of the Best - Mike Rice
Rice shares his picks for the Broncos' all-time time. Today is the last day to vote, folks!
NFL - Kansas City Chiefs 9 at St. Louis Rams 17
Tyler Thigpen had a night to forget, going 2 for 9 with two picks.
NFL - Oakland Raiders 21 at Seattle Seahawks 31
The Sea Chickens got big games from rookies Aaron Curry and QB Mike Teel
NFL - Indianapolis Colts 7 at Cincinnati Bengals 38
The Bangles' backups rushed for 296 yards and Carson's little brother had two TD passes.
NFL - Philadelphia Eagles 27 at New York Jets 38
Michael Vick was put down, I mean sacked four times last night. Mark Sanchez was a perfect 5-for-5 with a TD pass in his final prep. Huge night for Jets RB Danny Woodhead.
NFL - New York Giants 27 at New England Patriots 38
Pats QB Brian Hoyer played the entire game (and well), while BenJarvus Green-Ellis had a huge game. Young Giants WRs Moss, Manningham and Nicks all had big games.
NFL - Washington Redskins 17 at Jacksonville Jaguars 24
David Garrard was efficient in his final tuneup, while Skins WR Marko Mitchell caught a TD for the third straight game.
NFL - Cleveland Browns 23 at Chicago Bears 26
Neither Quinn nor Anderson played for the Brownies
NFL - Green Bay Packers 13 at Tennessee Titans 27
Vince Young continued his resurgence, while B.J. Raji had a big game (no, the Broncos could not have traded up for him).
NFL - Miami Dolphins 10 at New Orleans Saints 7
The Fish racked up 8 sacks, and Ted's favorite CB from the draft (Sean Smith) made another big play.
NFL - Pittsburgh Steelers 21 at Carolina Panthers 10
Isaac Redman and Stefan Logan came through for the Stillers, while Marcus Goodson was productive for the Panthers.
AFC West News
FOX - Top 10 bold NFL predictions for 2009 - Peter Schrager
Schrager thinks the Broncos will continue their free fall from last year.